Strange Brouhaha

Friday, November 30, 2007

Belliblog's Four For Friday

Unusually for the Four For Friday, not every question is a Russian novel.

Q1 - Beam Me Up, Scotty: Do you think humans should actively attempt to colonize another planet, or would doing so right now simply be a waste of money? While I am fairly certain that colonizing another planet--say, Mars--would rank fairly high on the "cool" meter, and while I am in general all for interplanetary exploration, it would be waste of money right now. We need to find a way to fix things that are wrong on this planet.

Q2 - Absurdity: Which do you think is more absurd: That a 54-year-old school teacher in the Sudan was arrested earlier in the week and sentenced to 15 days in prison after she allowed her class of seven-year-olds to name a teddy bear "Mohammed" as part of a school project, or the fact that almost every single late night "talk" show--including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman--is on hiatus because of a "writers" strike? The quotes around the word writers in the question are a sad indication that the person who formulates the question doesn't understand the role of writers in television. (And on late night they think that Letterman's Top 10 is not the product of an hour in a writing room? Do Conan's Masturbating Bear sketches simply spring out fully formed in the moment?) And in fact, the comments on the Belliblog website about this topic are also fairly sad. Writers are not getting paid for their work. THAT'S the absurd thing. I'm not generally a big union guy, but writers should be getting paid. No, my pick here for most absurd is the backwards-ass situation in Sudan. Today people were calling for this woman to be executed. How is that not absurd?

Q3 - Spend It All, Now!: On this day in 2004, longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings finally lost after winning 222 consecutive rounds and netting for himself over $2.5 million in winnings. If you came into 10 times that amount of money ($25,000,000) and were given just 72 hours to spend every last dime, how would you spend it? (Caveat #1: You are limited to investing or trusting only 1% or $250,000. Caveat #2: You may only purchase one piece of real property and its cost may not exceed 4% of the total spend or $1,000,000.) I'd make the investment and the real property purchase. Then I would purchase assets that would be easily liquidated, like diamonds and gold. Since there's no "Brewster's Millions" provision that the money needs to spent without having anything to show for it, it should be pretty easy. The hard part would be figuring out where you could get 23.75 million dollars in gems and gold. Okay, I'd buy a new BMW, too.

Q4 - Cars: What is the absolute worst experience you have ever had in an automobile? Without going into too many specifics, The Wife will recall a time when we were visiting California and I almost got carsick from driving around in the hills. That was the absolute worst, because with the situation we were in, I couldn't say anything. I believe I passed out when the drive was over. Yes, it was even worse than the time we were stranded in Chicago, although that's a very close second.


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